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Police raid CRD Mutare offices
Zimbabwe Peace Project
May 28, 2010

Police in Mutare on Thursday May 27, 2010 raided the offices of the Centre for Research and Development (CRD) before proceeding to the house of the director of the organisation and arrested his young brother.

Zimbabwe Peace Project has established that the police officers were looking for Farai Maguwu, the director of the CRD but could not find him at the time of the raid on Thursday.

It was also established that the police officers took away some documents from the centre's offices before heading for Maguwu's home in Hobhouse just a few kilometres away from the populous Chikanga suburb.

Blessing Nyamaropa a lawyer with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on Friday attended at the Mutare Central Police Station in a bid to give legal representation to Maguwu's young brother who has not been positively identified.

It was not yet clear on which charges were the police holding on to Maguwu's young brother.

Maguwu's whereabouts were also unknown at the time of sending this alert.

Maguwu, the director of Mutare-based CRD, which has exposed the level of abuse at the Chiyadzwa diamond fields, met with Kimberley Process (KP) Monitor Abbey Chikane On Tuesday and raised the organisation's concerns over the human rights violations.

AS ZPP we are concerned with the police tendency of raiding civil society organisations and homes of the respective directors.

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